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CITES and FAO join forces to conserve queen conch

September 23, 2014
CITES and FAO join forces to conserve queen conch BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The FAO Subregional Office for the Caribbean and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have approved a project for joint capacity building for the implementation of decisions on regional cooperation on the management...

Commonwealth heads of government, foreign ministers to meet in New York

September 23, 2014
Commonwealth heads of government, foreign ministers to meet in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The 13th annual meeting of commonwealth foreign affairs ministers will take place in New York this week alongside the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. On Thursday, ministers will be briefed on priority development concerns of small states...

UWI and Canadian NGO to research private security in the Caribbean

September 20, 2014
UWI and Canadian NGO to research private security in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Concern regarding the proliferation of private security companies in Latin America and the Caribbean has led to discussions on collaborative research between the University of the West Indies (UWI), through its Institute of International Relations (IIR).

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September 13, 2014
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Child's rights are human rights, says gender rights advocate

September 12, 2014
Child's rights are human rights, says gender rights advocate BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Child’s rights are human rights. The rights of children within the Caribbean should be viewed as a way to curb the level of human rights violations that have been inflicted upon them, says regional gender rights advocate Felicia Browne. “Children have the right to live in a...

Russia welcomes outcomes of conference on small island developing states

September 6, 2014
Russia welcomes outcomes of conference on small island developing states APIA, Samoa -- The Russian Federation has welcomed the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa, and adoption of the final document – accelerated Modalities of SIDS Action ("Samoa Pathway"). It will give an additional impetus to...

IMF pledges continued partnership with SIDS in pursuit of sustainable economic development

September 6, 2014
IMF pledges continued partnership with SIDS in pursuit of sustainable economic development APIA, Samoa -- Min Zhu, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pledged the institution’s continued support to small island developing states (SIDS) for their pursuit of sustainable economic development at the third United Nations International Conference on...

US Coast Guard offloads $93 million cocaine following Caribbean interdictions

September 6, 2014
US Coast Guard offloads $93 million cocaine following Caribbean interdictions MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Legare offloaded approximately 2,800 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million on Thursday afternoon at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida. The offload is a result of two successful drug interdictions in the Caribbean.

SIDS conference side event discusses the future of economic integration in the Caribbean

September 5, 2014
SIDS conference side event discusses the future of economic integration in the Caribbean APIA, Samoa (ILO) -- On Monday, the International Labour Organization (ILO), hosted a side event to the United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014 to discuss the future of economic integration in the Caribbean, its likely impact on...

Russia continues to increase assistance to small island developing states

September 3, 2014
Russia continues to increase assistance to small island developing states APIA, Samoa -- The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) opened in Apia, Samoa, on Monday, and strongly supporting the agreed draft of the conference final document – Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action ("Samoa Pathway")...

Commonwealth Youth Awards to recognise passion and excellence

September 2, 2014
Commonwealth Youth Awards to recognise passion and excellence LONDON, England -- Nominations are now open for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Youth Work. The annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution of young people to development, in community, national and global contexts. Part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme...

Growing concern over child begging in the Caribbean

September 1, 2014
Growing concern over child begging in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In the Caribbean, there is growing concern over child labour and indirect forms of begging. Children are being seen working various forms of street hustling such as the selling of counterfeit movies, stolen electronic devices, or local produce like fruits and vegetables.

United Nations photo competition for Caribbean small island developing states

September 1, 2014
United Nations photo competition for Caribbean small island developing states PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The United Nations will launch a Caribbean SIDS (Small Island Developing States) photography competition. The UN Photo Competition for Caribbean SIDS will seek to raise awareness of the UN values in relation to the importance of sustainable development.

EarthTalk: Dealing with mounting 'e-waste'

September 1, 2014
EarthTalk: Dealing with mounting 'e-waste' With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. According to BCC Research, consumers around the world purchased 238.5 million TVs...

Caribbean fisheries officers off to Australia for training

August 28, 2014
Caribbean fisheries officers off to Australia for training BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Eighteen senior fisheries officers and marine management experts from ten member countries of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will take part in the 2014 CARICOM fisheries law and management training workshop at the University of Wollongong.

Garifuna-Americans prepare to celebrate Garifuna Settlement anniversary

August 28, 2014
Garifuna-Americans prepare to celebrate Garifuna Settlement anniversary LOS ANGELES, USA -- Members of the Garifuna-American and immigrant community in the United States are preparing for the month long celebration known as National Garifuna Settlement, Education and Awareness Month from November 12 to December 12. Garifuna Settlement is the celebration...

Caribbean agricultural institute creates revenue generating unit

August 27, 2014
Caribbean agricultural institute creates revenue generating unit ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- With a focus on increasing crop and small ruminant productivity by equipping the region’s agribusiness sector to deal with the challenges of climate change, increasing incidence of invasive pests, low productivity and increasing costs of inputs, Caribbean Agricultural...

Caribbean fisheries agency to present arguments to law of the sea tribunal

August 27, 2014
Caribbean fisheries agency to present arguments to law of the sea tribunal BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will on September 5, 2014, present oral arguments to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany, in response to a request for an advisory opinion on illegal, unreported and unregulated...

On Day of Remembrance, UN says triumph over slavery should guide efforts to build culture of tolerance

August 25, 2014
On Day of Remembrance, UN says triumph over slavery should guide efforts to build culture of tolerance PARIS, France -- Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising in the Western hemisphere, in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, which culminated in the elimination of slavery there and the founding of the Republic of Haiti, the head of the United Nations Educational...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: How do you define education?

August 25, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: How do you define education? Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of reflections, insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: How do you define education?

US Navy launches new initiative in Latin America

August 13, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Washington has launched a new initiative in Latin America called America Visits the Americas, which consists of expeditions, in what is described as cooperative maritime security operations to enhance inter-operational activities and build partnerships.

International Youth Day Message

August 13, 2014
International Youth Day Message August 12th each year is celebrated as International Youth Day, as endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1999. This year, the theme to highlight this important day in celebration of our young people across the globe, is “Youth and Mental Health,” under the slogan “Mental Health Matters”.

FAO Food Price Index hits six-month low in July

August 12, 2014
ROME, Italy -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

Commonwealth mediation training to help resolve human rights disputes

August 9, 2014
LONDON, England -- Senior officials from 14 national human rights commissions from around the Commonwealth will meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this month for a week-long training exercise to explore ways of preventing, managing and resolving human rights related disputes.

Caribbean Week 2014 and One Love Festival launched in Northern Ireland

August 6, 2014
Caribbean Week 2014 and One Love Festival launched in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Caribbean Week is steadily becoming a significant and engaging regional tourism activity in Belfast, attracting participants with extensive media coverage. This year through the formation of the first Caribbean Festival / One Love Festival, the Belfast Festivals Forum has...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Are you doing your best?

August 5, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Are you doing your best? Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue asks the question: “Are you doing your best?” The hope is that this...

A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture

July 30, 2014
A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture NAIROBI, Kenya -- The access to finance is and has been a debilitating factor in the progress of agricultural development across the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. Farmers from the regions have called on governments to address the financial strategies for better access by...

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